The London Docks Tour – Rum, Ivory and The Noose

From humble beginnings as a small settlement on the banks of the River Thames to a dominating global empire, London’s docklands have always been at the heart of the capital. Come with Free Tours by Foot and explore centuries of shocking, gruesome, iconic and important events along the waterways of London’s infamous docks!

Starting under the iconic Tower Bridge, see and hear how London went from small origins to the largest port in the world. Away from the glamour and glitz of London’s West End, the working classes ground out their living here in the grimy and gritty underbelly of the city – seeing extreme poverty and grizzly executions existing side by side with the most valuable riches in the world.

Walk with us along the Thames, seeing what’s left of the infamous London Docks. Stroll cobbled streets and hear about pirates and their horrific executions, witches, riches and police, and the first tunnel in the world to be built underneath a river. We will pass two of London’s best known and old riverside pubs, the site of the infamous execution dock, the world’s first marine police force (still working from the site), and hear about the devastation visited on the East End during the Second World War.

Tracing the paths of some of the most important and scandalous characters in London’s history, Free Tours by Foot is ready to show you the London you won’t fin in your tourist guidebooks! Explore London’s infamous docklands with us at Free Tours by Foot!

Sights we visit or cover on the London Docks Tour:

  • St Katherine Docks
  • The Gloriana (Queen Elizabeth II’s royal barge!)
  • The Dickens Inn
  • Pier Head Wharf
  • The Town of Ramsgate
  • Execution Dock
  • Tobacco Dock
  • Hydraulic Power Station
  • Turners Old Star (the site of witch trials!)
  • River Access (if tide is out)


Tour information

Reservations: Click here to reserve.

Where: Tour begins from underneath the NORTH side of Tower Bridge outside the Starbucks (map). Nearest Underground Stations are Tower Hill and London Bridge.

Duration: Approximately 2 hours.

When: View our full tour calendar.

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.

Save even more money with a London tourist discount card.

Be sure to check out our other tours in London.